Nature Picture Library Supports the Monk Seal Foundation

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Donations from Licenses Help Protect the Critically Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian monk seal listed as critically endangered. Mahukona, Kohala, Hawaiian Island, Pacific Ocean. Photo © Doug Perrine / naturepl.com

Hawaiian monk seal listed as critically endangered. Mahukona, Kohala, Hawaiian Island, Pacific Ocean.
Photo © Doug Perrine / naturepl.com

The conservation charity Nature Picture Library has chosen to support this quarter is the Monk Seal Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal from extinction. With only 1,100 seals remaining, the species’ population is at a crucial tipping point. NPL’s donation will contribute towards the work of the monk seal response teams of trained volunteers who protect seals that have hauled out onto beaches to rest or pup and also engage in outreach and public awareness efforts to educate the community about monk seals.

The Hawaiian monk seal is the only seal species which lives year round in tropical waters. It is primarily a benthic or bottom-feeding species, able to dive to depths of more than 330 meters (1000 feet) to forage. The main population lives in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, with much smaller numbers on the main Hawaiian islands. The main threats to the species are from entanglement in marine debris, disturbance and diminished food resources.

To find out more, view their new photo gallery on endangered seals, focusing not only on the Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals but also the world’s other endangered seal species. At the end of this quarter, NPL will make a donation to the Monk Seal Foundation from our sales revenue. They would like to thank all those who have licensed images from Nature Picture Library this year, enabling them to support this important conservation initiative.

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